I hope you had a lovely long weekend in the sunshine. If you’re looking for things to do this weekend in Oxfordshire here’s our guide of what’s on for families.
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Plink & Boo at The Mill, Banbury
Come play in our den and discover it all…
Welcome to the topsy turvy world of Plink and Boo. Using acrobatics, live music and mountains of toys, join us in an interactive circus theatre adventure to explore what happens when people don’t fit into boxes (even if it is the neatest place to put them).
A circus theatre experience for 2-5 year olds and their grown ups.
Please note that Plink and Boo is accessible
to Deaf and EAL audiences.
A Noisy Holiday at Oxford Playhouse
27 April 2019
The Noisy Animals are looking forward to their dream holidays and have some brilliant ideas about where in the world they want to go. Kid Carpet just wants them all to be together, but will he be able to keep everyone happy when he can’t even get them in the car? This is a ridiculously funny show about going on your holidays, with silliness and mischief for the whole family. Expect flying tents, diving bears, massive carrots and Ibiza anthems!
Duration: 55mins with no interval
Age guidance 3 plus
A Noisy Holiday is on at The Oxford Playhouse on Saturday 27 April at 11am and 2pm
Ticket prices are £8
For more information or to buy tickets please click here
Lord Williams 5K Fun Run
27 April 2019
The Lord Williams’s 5k Fun Run returns and is going to bigger, bolder and brighter than before! With obstacles, a mixed terrain and a splash of colour, the run will offer something for everyone.
You decide how fast or slow to go, walking the route is just as cool as running it in lightning speed and all participants are guaranteed a medal and a mighty cheer at the finishing line!
As well as having fun we are taking on the serious challenge of raising funds for Lord Williams’s School and we ask all participants to raise as much money as they can.
Entry is £10 pp. Sign up now via the link here
Nick Cope at Cornerstone, Didcot
28 April 2019
Nick Cope is playing at the Cornerstone in Didcot on Sunday 28 April 2019.
Don’t miss Nick Cope, singer and songwriter, when he comes to Cornerstone this spring.
Nick’s family performances are legendary! He has a fanatical army of little and not-so–little fans from all over the world, if you haven’t heard his songs or seen his shows before come and fnd out what you’re missing. With songs about head lice, dogs eating soap and dragons called Keith.
Nick has over 20 years experience in music, including international success as lead singer and songwriter with The Candyskins in the 1990s. For the last 8 years her has been writing, performing and recording music for children and their families
Prices: £8, conc £6, Family £24
Age guidence: 0-8yrs and their families.
To book tickets or more information please click here or call the box office on 01235 515144
Faringdon Rotary Club Duck Race, Millets
Go along and support Faringdon Rotary Club with their annual duck race. Ducks cost £1 and all proceeds are donated to the Rotary Club’s chosen charities: The Air Ambulance and Be Free Young Carers.
The Rotary Club will be on site selling ducks on the following dates;
13th & 14th April
27th & 28th April
Winning ducks receive the following prizes:
1st = £300
2nd = £200
3rd = £100
4th = £50.
River Ock in our Phoebe Woods (at the bottom of the Animal Walkway, through the gate and into Phoebe Wood fields towards the Ock).
Please note this is an outdoor event in a wooded meadow next to a river therefore the ground may be uneven and muddy.
The ducks used are reused each year and removed from the river at the end of the event.
Organised by Faringdon Rotary Club www.faringdonrotaryclub.co.uk
For more details click here
WILLIAM MORRIS & THE THAMES AT THE RIVER & ROWING MUSEUM
18 – 22 April
This new exhibition at the River and Rowing Museum illustrates the rich and little-known story of William Morris’ deep connections to the Thames.
It brings together a unique selection of works, with loans from the V&A, The William Morris Gallery, British Library, and many more. Highlights include Morris’ Thames series of textiles alongside his original hand-drawn designs, a signed copy of News from Nowhere, and his personal fishing tackle and spectacles. Materials from the Morris & Co. workshop illustrate the production process, while socialist pamphlets that Morris penned and published demonstrate his deep commitment to socialism in later life.
The influence of the Thames and its tributaries flowed through William Morris’ life and work. The river provided the setting for his leisure time spent angling and boating, inspiration for his designs and writing, and the ideal water conditions for the manufacture of his textiles. One notable Thames boat trip from his London home via Henley to his rural retreat in Oxfordshire was so moving that it inspired his socialist utopia novel, News from Nowhere.
Explore the Thames through Morris’ eyes: a beautiful retreat from urban excess and the capitalism he despised, a valuable resource continuing the river’s working heritage, and a rich source of creative inspiration. Step from the exhibition straight out onto the riverbank and find your own earthly paradise.
“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” William Morris
For more information click here
KIDS CLUB AT YOUR LOCAL CINEMA
18 – 22 April
Little Ankle Biters are always on the look out for ways to entertain the kids without spending a fortune. Lots of cinemas run kids clubs on weekend mornings where you can go to the cinema at a discounted price.
Here’s our guide to cinema kids clubs in Oxfordshire:
ODEON IN BANBURY & OXFORD – £3.25 EACH
VUE IN OXFORD – £2.49 EACH
LAMBING AT GREEN DRAGON ECO FARM
From mid March
At Green Dragon they have rare breed lambs twice a year. This spring they’re expecting about 50 lambs which will start around now.
For more details click here
MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL AT NEW THEATRE OXFORD
30 April – 4 May
Join Alex (X-Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry), Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in Madagascar The Musical.
This smash hit musical features all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
This brand new musical from Dreamworks (Shrek The Musical) will leave audiences with no choice but to ‘move it, move it’!
Suitable for ages 3+.
Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (including interval)
Age guidance: 3+
For more information or to book tickets click here
EATING OUT WITH THE KIDS IN OXFORDSHIRE?
If you fancy grabbing a bite to eat while you’re out and about with the family we’ve got loads of suggestions for child-friendly restaurants in Oxfordshire. Check out our handy guide, please click here.
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